Júzcar is a village in Alto Genal sitting on rugged terrain which has led to the development of a peculiar architectural style. The houses seem to be piled on top of each other to bridge the uneven ground, which results in a picturesque townscape. Júzcar’s main tourist attractions are the Church of Santa Catalina and the remains of the old tinplate factory. In addition, it boasts marvellous natural areas like Sima del Diablo, ideal to go climbing or canyoning.
The Parish Church of Santa Catalina is Júzcar’s architectural icon. Built in the sixteenth century, it has been renovated several times. It is a single-nave temple whose ceiling conceals an original Mudejar truss. The façade features an arched top door flanked by pilasters.
Júzcar housed the first tinplate factory ever developed in Spain. The abundance of wood from the sierras in the area was a decisive factor, for wood was needed as a source of coal to keep the melting furnaces burning. Sitting on the banks of the river, the factory became operative in 1731. There was a secret room for tinning processes.
The tinplate factory in Júzcar had as many as 200 workers, plus two engineers from Switzerland and 30 technicians trained in Germany, who left their country in disguise to avoid being caught. According to chronicles from those days, workers with technical knowledge could not go abroad, in an effort to prevent competition. With the development of a strong metallurgical industry in Asturias and the Basque Country, the plant in Júzcar went bankrupt. Today we can still see its austere façade, with its elegant columns and cornices.
If you are interested in mushrooms and want to learn more about them, then the Mushroom Museum in Júzcar is the right place for you. The building houses an exhibition area, a tourist information desk and a cultural centre. Several mushroom-related events are held here, in the region of Serranía de Ronda. This makes Júzcar a popular mycological travel destination.
Júzcar is one of the villages where the tour focusing on Fray Leopoldo stops. The other stops are Alpandeire, Pujerra, Igualeja, Cartajima and Faraján. The tour revisits the places frequented by the beatified friar in the 33 years that preceded his joining the Capuchins and moving to Granada. And it is the perfect excuse to discover the amazing historical and natural heritage of the region of Serranía de Ronda.
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